“After spending most of their time focusing on their teenage daughter, who is about to graduate from high school and soon head off to college, Toula and Ian are facing marital problems while also having to deal with yet another Greek wedding – this time, even bigger and fatter. While Toula and Ian try to settle their marital problems, a secret from her family’s past is revealed.”
I saw My Big Fat Greek Wedding earlier last year because my girlfriend loves the film and I’ve always known how much of a hit cult classic it was. It’s the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time and I had to check it out for myself. These films are either for you or not, it’s all about preference. I loved the first film, but I did not think it needed a sequel at all. Sequels like these always make me nervous because they are usually past due, unnecessary, and sloppy. (Anchorman 2/ Zoolander 2 YIKES!)
I’m pleased to say that I loved this film too and had a great time. This film did a great job as a sequel. Personally, I thought it made subtle nods to the previous film while standing as a film on it’s own. If you love the first film, you’ll definitely love this movie as well.
It was awesome to see the cast back 14 years later! They didn’t lose the fantastic humor and chemistry they executed brilliantly in the first film. I had a smile on my face the entire time and laughing consistently throughout. I really like all the characters and it felt awesome to see them behave in new situations as the story progressed. These actors feel like a real family with authentic love towards one another. They make the films so enjoyable and charming.
I thought the story wasn’t bad. Another Greek wedding… sure it was done in the first movie, but the subject matter behind this one was beautiful. Without giving any spoilers I can say that the main theme this movie presents is the rekindling of relationships, whether it’s with friends, significant others, or family. This movie had me reflect upon my own life as to how I can maintain or enhance my relationships that I have with people I care about in this world. These people are important and it felt amazing in the theater to know they were in my thoughts.
One of my biggest concerns about the film before going into it was the focus on the love interest of the main characters’ daughter. I was extremely relieved to know the director made the choice to focus on the most important thing, which was the family. If they focused on the daughter’s love life it would have just been a rehash of the first one and that would have been a huge mistake. I applaud them for taking a risk that they accomplished well!
Overall, I really didn’t have any negative things to say about this film. I loved that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 was able to stand on it’s own, I loved the dynamic/humor the family presented, I love the direction they decided to go with the story, and I absolutely loved the main theme. It scares me to say that I enjoyed this film more than Batman v Superman, but I really did. What has this world come too!? It’s worth going out to the theaters if you want to give it a chance and loved the first movie. The nostalgic feeling increased my experience. My rating for this film is 9/10!